Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

Braces are orthodontic appliances that you need to treat with care.  While sturdy, it still means that eating foods that are gentle on the brackets and wires that hold your braces together and in place is important. Generally, avoid all foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. Soft foods are most recommended for those who wear braces because they are simply easier on your mouth hardware.

Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

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  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • Sticky and hard candy
  • Gum
  • Ice
  • Corn chips
  • Pretzels
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Sticky or hard chocolate
  • Caramel and gooey chocolate bars
  • Very sticky or chunky peanut butter

Use caution when eating:

  • Chewy bread such as bagels – tear into small pieces
  • Chips – eat them carefully and one at a time
  • Corn on the cob – cut off the cob
  • Apples and carrots – cut into small pieces
  • Soda and sugary drinks – avoid these whenever possible, as drinking too much can cause tooth decay

Also avoid biting into hard foods with your front teeth. Such as:

  • Raw vegetables
  • Croutons
  • French/Italian bread
  • Fruit
  • Hard rolls
  • Thin crust pizza
  • Meat
  • Burgers
  • Sub sandwiches
  • Corn on the cob

Finally, don't chew on any hard items such as ice, pens, pencils, or fingernails.

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Taking Care of your teeth while wearing braces or a retainer.

  •  Remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This helps prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Don't put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar, which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy sweets), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy).
  • Make sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

Cleaning Between Teeth with Braces

Having wires that connect your braces from tooth to tooth makes flossing a challenge. But it can be done. Using Oral-B Super Floss, a floss threader (to get under the wires) or another interdental cleaner will help. Just ask us during your appointment and we’ll be happy to recommend our favorites!

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Brushing Your Teeth With Braces

When you have Braces, you should brush your teeth every time you eat.  Plaque needs to be thoroughly removed and with braces, it is even more important.  When you have braces, the wires and brackets create additional places for plaque to hide.  When plaque attaches to your braces and teeth, it can cause cavities, bad breath, swollen gums and stain marks on your teeth.  Brushing twice per day is important, but you should also clean between your teeth with floss at least once every day. After flossing, brush your teeth and braces until they’re clean and shiny.Brookfield ortodontics, ortodontists, braces,brookfield The best time to do this thorough cleaning is at night, right before you go to bed. Also, make sure to continue to see your dentist regularly every six months, or more often if your orthodontist recommends it. Your dentist and hygienist will not only make sure your mouth and teeth are clean, but will also make sure all your braces, brackets and wires are intact and working effectively. An end-rounded bristle toothbrush works well for brushing braces, and your dentist might prescribe fluoride toothpaste to help you fight tooth decay even more. Brush gently but thoroughly. If your braces look clean and shiny and if you can see the edges of the brackets clearly, you’ve done a good job.  Make sure to rinse your mouth after brushing with water, or with a mouth rinse.  Having wires that connect your braces from tooth to tooth makes flossing a challenge. A floss threader may help. Ask your orthodontist for any recommendations on brushes or flossing tools that may help.

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Ways to Make Sure That You And Your Braces Will Get Along

Now that you have Braces, its time to make sure that you become friends since you will be together for the next few months or years.  Here are some recommendations to make sure the two of you will get along. Avoid sticky or hard foods.  Caramel, Toffee, Gum, Hard Candy and other sticky treats.  Sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire so it is best to just avoid them when you can. Switch your eating habits.  If you are used to taking large bites with your front teeth, you may want to change.  Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage.  It is best to cut large foods into pieces and use your back teeth to chew. Floss,  Flossing around your braces can be annoying but it is the best way to prevent gum disease and other problems.  It only takes a few minutes a day to ensure that you don't face any dental issues when your braces come off. Brush, brush, and brush some more.  The most important thing to do with braces is to brush your teeth often.  Food gets stuck in the teeth and brackets where bacteria lives in your mouth.  Brushing is imperative to avoid cavities, decalcification, an other issues.  Even if you don't have braces you want to brush, but when undergoing orthodontic treatment it makes it absolutely vital to brush your teeth often. If you are ready to take the next step in your journey to straighter teeth,  Give us a call!  

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Traditional Braces or Invisalign

Traditional braces make use of metal wires to move the position of your teeth while Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays to help move your teeth into proper position.  Both Traditional braces and Invisalign are great at correcting issues caused by crooked teeth. Traditional dental braces will use use a system of metal brackets and wires that, when properly used, can properly align and straighten your teeth.  Even the most difficult and complicated issues for tooth alignment can be corrected using traditional metal braces.  Orthodontist, ortodontics, Invisalign uses clear, plastic trays that are worn 24 hours a day with normal changes in the tray every two weeks.  X-rays, pictures and impressions are use to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth to configure your aligner trays.    The bi weekly changes have minor adjustments that slowly move your teeth into position.  Since these trays are clear plastic, they are almost invisible when worn.  Most people with more complex dental issues still prefer to use traditional dental braces.  Your Orthodontist will be able to offer you the best option for your specific needs. So are traditional braces better then invisalign?  It really comes down to deciding what the specific need is.  Depending on what each individual patient needs is the best way to determine the best option.  Certain issues with your back teeth, or the need to rotate teeth or move them vertically can make Traditional braces your only option.  Your Orthodontist will recommend the most effective solution to perfect your smile.

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